Former UnitedHealth Group and GlaxoSmithKline Exec Becomes Fortium Partner

Strategy | Operations | IT Leadership

PHILADELPHIA, PA October 27, 2014 / - FORTIUM PARTNERS, the world’s fastest growing provider of IT Turnaround and Leadership Services, is very happy to announce that former UnitedHealth Group and GlaxoSmithKline executive Tom Mercer has joined the firm as a Partner in the East Region. 

Tom Mercer joins Fortium with executive leadership and consulting experience in healthcare and life sciences. Most recently, Mr. Mercer was Chief Executive Officer for Executive Health Resources, a division of UnitedHealth Group/Optum, the leading provider of medical necessity compliance services to over 2400 US hospitals. Prior to that, Mercer spent more than ten years as a Vice President within GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) after serving as an IT leader for SmithKline Beecham R&D. During his time with GSK, Mercer led Data Management, Project Management, Operations Improvement and Strategy Management for the $20B US Pharmaceutical business. Mercer has established himself as a proven, results-oriented leader experienced in driving core operations and major transformation initiatives alike. He possesses deep experience in the application of information technology to transform business performance, and brings a strong track record in the improvement of global product and portfolio performance within R&D, and providing IT support to drive sales and profit growth. Prior to entering the pharmaceutical industry, Mercer served as a consulting manager for Accenture, developing a reputation for delivering outstanding business results while maintaining strong morale and team spirit with colleagues and clients. 

Tim McCracken, Chairman and CEO of Fortium Partners, states: "To build and maintain our global brand as the "Advisory Elite" in the IT space, we continue to be particularly selective about the candidates we invite to join Fortium. Not only must one possess the requisite "deep-dive" expertise in one or more industries as evidenced through service as a senior executive in a name-brand entity, but each candidate must demonstrate extraordinary acumen through a portfolio of IT achievements. Tom Mercer not only has the service, but also has the medals. He has exactly what we need to provide "over-the-top" leadership and advice to our clients, and we are equally "over-the-top" in our excitement that Tom has joined Fortium.”

Tom Mercer comments: "After a long and satisfying career as an executive in healthcare and life sciences, I have chosen to apply my expertise to tackle and help solve the most difficult situations where I can make a measurable difference. Not only am I honored to join the elite Fortium team, but I am excited to have the opportunity to help Fortium’s clients overcome the significant business challenges they face.”

Tom Mercer earned his MS in Information Science from Drexel University.


FORTIUM is an IT turnaround and technology leadership services firm focused on providing world-class resources to clients with the most complex issues. FORTIUM serves public and private companies across a variety of industries, placing expert project teams and operational leadership resources in technology-related roles. FORTIUM resources have 25 or more years of technology experience, most recently in a senior leadership role.

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, FORTIUM also operates from offices in Orange County, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and London, U.K.

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